Rosacea Skin Care information at iVillage Beauty & Style

What is rosacea?

Rosacea is an inflammatory disease of unknown cause that tends to appear in people in their 30's and 40's and tends to have familial incidences. Light complected people are especially susceptible and systemic symptoms such as blushing, irritated eyes are also associated with this disease.


Is there a cure for it?

To date there is no known cure for it. All of the traditional treatments do not seem to be effective for the redness associated with the skin. Antibiotics help with the bumpy pustules but not the redness. Topical anti-inflammatories such as alpha lipoic acid are proving to be the only effective way of treating all aspects of this skin condition and without the negative side effect profile of systemic or topical antibiotics.


Should I take antibiotics?

Systemic and topical antibiotics have been proven to improve the clinical symptoms of rosacea.


Do certain foods or environmental conditions aggravate rosacea?

Yes, hot beverages, coffee, tea, alcoholic beverages and spicy foods can aggravate rosacea. Also, being in extremes of temperature, bright sun, freezing cold, stress.


Should I avoid soap or cleansers if I have rosacea?

The worst thing you can do is to just wash with water and never cleanse with a good cleanser as micro-organisms may be at the basis if the inflammation seen in rosacea.


Recommended Products:

  • Alpha Lipoic Face Firming Activator
  • Phosphatidyl-E Face
  • Skin toner with DMAE
  • Citrus cleanser
  • Prescription medications that include topical antibiotics such as Metronidazole

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